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Single Mom Becomes a RN

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Name: Jennifer
Date: 10/30/2023
Career Pathway: Health Science
Program: WIOA Adult
Impacted Geographical Area: County
Location of Service: 61764-2738

Jennifer came to Livingston Workforce Services looking for financial support as she attends school to become a Registered Nurse (RN). She had already qualified for financial aid, including PELL and MAP, which covered the cost of her tuition and books; however, she needed assistance paying for gas to attend classes. As a single mother with five children, Jennifer worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and received SNAP benefits. While attending school, Jennifer excelled in her classes, making Heartland Community College’s Dean’s List nearly every semester and being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. To help her stay afloat while taking classes through the WIOA program, she received gas reimbursement and funds to cover supplies required for her clinical courses. A portion of her mortgage was paid for through the WIOA program to help maintain housing for her family. In May 2023, Jennifer completed her Associate Degree in Nursing at Heartland Community College. Over the summer, she passed the NCLEX-RN exam and was promoted at her current employer to a Registered Nurse. As a result, Jennifer is now able to support her family financially!

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Single Mom Earns GED Plus a New Career!

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Name: Amber
Date: 08/16/2022
Career Pathway: Health Science
Program: WIOA Adult
Location of Service: 61739-1332

Amber came to us looking for assistance with obtaining her GED and continuing to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. She was a single mother who was working and receiving SNAP benefits. Within a few months of enrolling in Adult Education services, Amber passed the final portion of her GED and earned her High School Equivalency. The following semester, Amber enrolled in general education courses at Heartland Community College to pursue their Physical Therapist Assistant program. She was able to receive enough PELL and MAP to cover the tuition and books required for her classes, however, she needed assistance with gas to get to her classes in Normal. She progressed well through her general studies and took a semester off to have a baby. Last summer, she realized it was taking longer than she anticipated to complete the Physical Therapist Assistant program, so she decided to change her area of study to Medical Assistant. With the approval of the change in programs, we were able to continue to reimburse Amber's gas to class, pay for supplies needed for her clinical class, and also helped pay a portion of a utility bill as an emergency supportive service. Doing so helped her stay afloat until she could start earning a self-sufficient wage. In May 2022, she earned her Medical Assistant Certificate. Within a couple of weeks, she applied and accepted a CMA position at an area hospital. Amber has expressed her appreciation for the opportunity: “Everyone was kind and very prompt to help guide me through this whole process. This program was a blessing. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me.”

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Name: Amanda
Date: 07/14/2022
Career Pathway: Health Science
Program: WIOA Adult
Location of Service: 61764-9168

Amanda was a single mom who was out of work. She inquired about the CNA industry and after hearing more about our program enrolled in the class. Through our scholarship, she was able to receive her tuition, books, clinical supplies, and gas paid for so she had no out of pockets costs to obtain her diploma. After obtaining her certification, she quickly became employed at Accolade Healthcare as a CNA. 

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Name: Cory
Date: 07/14/2022
Career Pathway: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Program: WIOA Adult
Location of Service: 61364-3951

Cory was referred to our program by Heartland Community College. He had no recent work history and needed to upgrade his skills in order to find self-sustaining employment. After completing a drug test and physical in order to identify he was capable of pursuing employment in the trucking industry, Cory enrolled in a CDL class. It was a hardship traveling nearly 500 miles per week to get to class; however, with help from our gas reimbursement program, he was able to make it work. In just over 4 weeks, he obtained his CDL and was employed by Nussbaum Trucking the following week.